Saturday, January 3, 2009

It's A New Year!

Welcome 2009! Welcome Bloggy Friends!

I am so excited about the opportunities which are before all of us for a divine 2009!

2008 was a year of 1st in my life and at the same time a year of closures from past relationships, hurt and pain. God did some amazing things in my life in 2008.

We celebrated a huge milestone when my husband reached his '5' year anniversary of his kidney transplant. Gratefulness cannot even express how we feel. God is Awesome!

In May of 2008 I began this blog as a challenge from my counselor and ended up meeting some of the most precious women in the world. What started off as a challenge soon became one of God's tools in my complete healing. From the book study "Behind Those Eyes" to my final post of 2008 "He Held Them All" I am completely healed and whole in Jesus.

That realization has led me to ponder what my next step is for this blog and in doing so I have decided to make a few changes which I believe will allow this blog to be used as a tool in other people's lives. Here are a few things I plan for 2009.

  • There will be a running sidebar prayer list with links to blogs of family and friends who are struggling with health or other challenges in their lives. This list will continually be updated as I seek permission from individuals who need prayer.

  • I will be doing several book reviews this year. The first will be in 2 weeks (Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs) and each book review will have one free book giveaway along with information on how to purchase the book. Watch for details.

  • I will again participate in an on-line book study, the first of which begins January 6th. Check out Lelia's Blog for details and please join in, these studies are wonderful and life changing.

  • I will also be working on my first book. I will be posting questions during the year regarding the Church in America. I won't give away too many details yet but I am publicly making a commitment to finally get my words in writing.

  • And of course I will be updating you on my family and things we are enjoying in life.
I am so grateful for all God has worked in my life and the lives of my family during this past year. He has developed in me His character with it's richness and joy. It is difficult at times to even wrap my mind around who God is so I remain in awe of Him.

While I am sure 2009 will have it's share of challenges I am equally confident to continue living out God's Words as written in James 1:2-4 "Consider it pure joy, my friends, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything".

That is where I desire to be - mature and complete in the Lord. always I will be:

Considering It All Joy!

PS: This note is from my bloggy friend Lee: "You forgot to say, "I will help Lee organize her office and will then post pictures to hold her accountable for keeping it that way!" :)"

OK Lee - The challenge is on!!!!!


  1. Hi Cindy...It has been so nice to become bloggy friends and I too learned some neat things and some not so neat things about myself thru that study with Lelia. I am so glad for your healing and pray for blessings in 2009. Can't wait to meet you in person. Looks like we will be over in February. I will keep you posted. Happy New Year! Connie PS. I am working on a new blog and working on a name...I love how you came up with yours! Asking God to show me a verse to use...

  2. Really great ideas for 2009! I love your positive perspective. It's an encouragement to me.

    Happy 2009!

  3. You forgot to say, "I will help Lee organize her office and will then post pictures to hold her accountable for keeping it that way!" :)

  4. Great post, Cindy. I, too, began my blog as a road to healing, and cannot imagine my life without the sweet friends I have made and the great way that God has used this internet thing in such a mighty way! Can't wait to travel with you in 2009. See you at "Self Talk Soul Talk"

  5. Hi Cindy,

    Isn't it amazing how God can use just anything to heal and touch our lives.

    How exciting about your book, that is soo cool. I've so enjoyed meeting you through here and now FB. And Lee she cracks me up organizing her office.

    I can't wait to read more of your blog and continue a wonderful friendship. See you tomorrow on our new study.


  6. Sounds like you have some great bloggy updates planned for 2009. I look forward to reading!

  7. Hot dawg!!! Maybe I should give you a look-see at my office before you's pretty bad....I mean.....really bad.....I may want to write in to one of those "clean sweep" shows on the learning channel and turn my case over to them.

  8. Happy New year to you. I enjoy being your bloggy friend

  9. It certainly has been a year of good things. I'm so glad to read the stories about your husband's transplant and how well he's doing. I'm also glad you started blogging. I agree; it's so great meeting other bloggers and feeling encouraged and enriched by them too.

  10. Hello Cindy,
    I thank God for allowing me to meet such sweet people via the blogworld! This past year of blogging has really been a blessing. Thanks for sharing your precious heart with us. You have blessed me with your faith. You have found freedom at last! God is so good!

    I consider it all joy to have met you and look forward to this coming year and all that it will bring into each of our lives!

    Take care and God bless,


Hi Friend, I read and cherish every single comment you leave! You bring Joy to my heart! Blessings, Cindy